Upcoming show at the SKYBOX @ 2424 studios

Opening Friday October 30 7-10pm through November 28
"The Titan and the Fireflies"
New Work by Jason Hackenwerth
Curated by Eileen Tognin

I've always had an affection for work that has been created with ordinary and familiar objects. My time spent at the Barnes Foundation while completing the Arboretum Program showing me how impassioned Dr. Barnes was by showing the viewer the how to see the beauty and explore the form of simple everyday objects, whether it was a hinge, a vase, a hook -- and making a contextual connection with the classic paintings hung just above that object. So in salon style arrangements, the hinges, hooks and vases were displayed with equal importance and shown all together forcing the viewer to draw their own connections. Over time Dr. Barnes goals have become the hallmark of my work -- giving people a different set of lenses to look at art.

Jason creates monumental scale sculptures made from balloons. Creating magic and mystery with thousands of latex balloons, the creations are composed of colored twisted, tied and woven into biomorphic beasties. Floating, suspended, and even worn, these magical, while ephemeral creatures promise to amaze and delight.

Please join me on the opening reception of Jason's show on Friday October 30. 2424 Studios is planning a Halloween extravaganza on Saturday October 31 too. Check out their website for more details:



Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST)

October 3-4 , 12 -6 pm
Studio 214 @ 2424 Studios

Come visit me at my new studio during POST in the Fishtown Kensington Northern Liberties 'hoods. The newly opened 2424 Studios at 2424 York will be open and greeting POST travelers and visitors -- come see.



My New Studio

Studio 214
2424 East York Street

Part think tank, office, art salon, but so much more... By September 1, I'll be moving into my new space at 2424Studios at 2424 East York Street in Fishtown. Making its way to becoming an arts destination, this turn of the century industrial building has as its centerpiece -- the Skybox. So join me for a cup of java in Studio 214, or a glass of wine on First Fridays and during POST. Be sure to check out the show I am curating in the Skybox, with new work by Jason Hackenwerth, opening on October 30, 2009.



Gallery in the Garden September 2009 Update

After 10 wonderful years of hosting thousands of people, hundreds of artists, and creating innumerable cherished memories, Gallery in the Garden will take some time off to be re-invented, and allow me to explore some other projects I've wanted to pursue. When we bought this charming house at Hawk Mountain 11 years ago I quickly realized it was too special to keep to ourselves. When you buy a 200 year old house you realize you never quite "own" it, you are simply an "agent of history". So our chapter of history quickly revealed itself -- inspired by salons throughout time, it would exhibit the work of emerging and recognized artists from the Philadelphia and New York region. Showing contemporary work; including site specific installations, works in bronze, glass, steel, juxtaposed in a primitive home and naturalistic gardens -- drawing people as far as south as Virginia, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and a host of international visitors dragged along by other visitors -- imagine their pleasant surprise.

So Gallery in the Garden has lead to inSitu:628, the urban version of the salon -- and who knows what will come next up at the country -- just stay tuned. Something is brewing...

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